We're about to undertake the task of redoing our dining room to make it function better as an office and instead of showing you a before and after and then being frustrated by great suggestions once we've already done the work, we thought we'd solicit some opinion for AT readers before we got started. Our dining room currently serves as somewhat of a catchall, and in the end doesn't get used very much. There's a desk tucked into the corner, but it's used mainly as storage for piles of paper and we end up working at the dining room table. While we eat most meals on the sofa we throw relatively regular dinner parties and need to keep the dining table available for that. The biggest adjustment that needs to be made is to make this into a functional workspace for two people working together - we're thinking we'll use the dining table as a large desk but keep all paperwork/office supplies off of it when not in use. We obviously need to find a better storage solution to replace the three small pieces on this wall. We're planning on painting the walls a more vivid color, possibly a deep blue, and would like to also paint the table - we're thinking gloss white, but are open to other suggestions. We know that right now there is too much art and too many knickknacks, so we'd like to streamline the accessories while possibly adding a large bulletin board.
My grandfather is coming to stay with me a few weeks and I'd like to find a stool or bench for him to use in the guest shower. I've found some really ugly ones online, but I'd like to find something a bit more visually appealing that I could keep in there all the time. Perhaps something in Teak? Does anyone have ideas on where I could find something cool? Thanks! Jake. The Hinoki Stool from Design Within Reach is exactly what you are looking for - but expensive at $300. It's made of Japanese cedar and is the same kind of stool used in Japanese saunas. We found some other cedar and teak options but many were folding, which didn't seam stable in a shower. If you have a tub, you could use the Hinoki Tub Bench, made from the same rot-resistant cedar, which is only $100. Anyone have alternative ideas?
My room makeover:: My wife and I wanted to choose features and design that would tie in the natural light from the large windows. The dark color and heavy drapery made the room feel small and damp. We hoped to have the fireplace stand out as a focal point of the room so we painted it all one color and made over the trim. We shaved the popcorn ceiling, added custom crown molding, and put in an overhead light fixture. With all the DIY efforts we were able to keep the cost under $1,000 for the whole room. My makeover advice:: Try to have a vision to begin with and use resources like Pinterest to gather inspiration. We also already had the furniture from our previous home, and tried to find a style that would incorporate what we had to work with. Having a focal point, or one item that you want to stand out allows everything else to fall into place. We really wanted a cozy space that was livable but still modern. What I love most about my new space:: The fireplace has been the most enjoyable part of our new living room, both functionally and aesthetically. Now that we can enjoy the natural light during the day, and the fireplace at night, our living room has turned into a space we can enjoy all day.
Architects Steve Schappacher and Rhea White painstakingly renovated a 1904 fisherman's cottage on Shelter Island. While their black and white kitchen benefits from custom designs and the keen eyes of two talented architects, other renovators can achieve a similar style if they know where to look. Here's our brief guide to getting a kitchen like this for yourself.
Naelyn wrote to us today: I am an Interior Stylist... and was totally moved by the recent post Mads' Scrap Wood Wall. I recently finished a commercial project where I did a scrap wood desk and painted it all white.
Welsh design firm FreshWest created the uber-stylish Inside-Out Bathroom Cabinet to bring the interior to the exterior. We love the bright yellow color and the changing perspective of the different shelves.... Made of aluminum composite.
A lot of the kitchens we feature on this site are dramatic and beautiful and... well, huge. So today we've rounded up a selection of kitchens that are on the smaller side to inspire those of you who want a beautiful room for cooking, but don't have infinite space. Above: this Parisian kitchen could not be any cuter, and is a great reminder that having a small space doesn't have to mean skimping on style. A sloped ceiling makes this small kitchen, in a Swedish apartment spotted on Decor Demon, especially sweet. A brick wall gives this little kitchen from Loving It a little extra character. A small, streamlined kitchen in a Swedish apartment from The Style Files. Tall ceilings make this kitchen feel much more spacious. Finally, from The Style Files, a German kitchen that's small but beautifully bright.
Yesterday, AT Chicago featured their favorite 'Real' bathrooms and it got us thinking. This bright bathroom comes from Rita & Morgan's beautiful Brookline home which we featured in our very first house tour here on AT Boston. The sherbet colored walls, the light heartedness of round mirrors, and the personal photographs and pottery put this near the top of our best 'Real' bathrooms list.... It's a tight space but the multiple round mirrors bounce light and color and the frosted glass door helps create a more open feel. We love the oldie-but-goodie Ikea water bubble curtain and how the bright liquid blue pops against the orange and wood. It may not be a magazine-styled master bath but it's fun, cozy, and a great space for waking up in a good mood. Check out the whole house tour: Rita & Morgan's 24 Years in the Making.
There's nothing more dramatic than a total bathroom rehab. We bought this fixer-upper house in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle last year, and lived with the bathroom in its junky and extraordinarily PINK incarnation for a year. We've spent the last couple of weeks rehabbing the bathroom, including replacing the tub and installing a pedestal in place of the vanity. 'Features' that the before pictures may not convey: peeling, half-a*sed refinish job on the tub; funky repairs to the tub surround; and flakes of gold glitter running through the 'Cultured marble' sink. The only thing we kept was the mirrored front to the medicine cabinet. Pitched the cabinet itself, saved the wood-framed mirror to hang on the wall as our mirror. I like how the medium-brown wood works with the browns in the shower curtain I love the soothing, muted colors in there now. Too bad it's not quite done! We need to put in baseboards, towel bars, and some cabinets above the toilet tank. In the fullness of time.... You've come such a long way already! Thanks Angie...and Rosa.
Nola sent in a question for the crowd: Should I buy a white or ivory sofa to replace the gray one? The living room/eating nook/living room are all open to each other. The kitchen is soft white, with the posts in a contrasting soft & warm ivory. The living room walls & drapes are the same ivory and I have a light ivory/off-white wool rug.... Would it be ok to continue the mixing of white & soft ivory? Or should the sofa really be a richer ivory colour to play up the warmth? The sofa we're considering is here: where both colors are shown. Please share your thoughts with Nola in the comments below...thanks!